Former teacher Eugene Gagliano had a front-row seat to the everyday trials of school life. In honor of all students who have ever grappled with show-and-tell missteps and problematic classmates, he's penned a clever poetry collection, My Teacher Dances on the Desk. Episodes from every aspect of school life, from visiting the school nurse to sitting next to the wrong student, are told through humorous verse. Move Me Soon I don't like sitting next to Rose. She's always picking at her nose, And chews her fingernails way down, And always wears a pouty frown. Black-and-white line drawings punctuate these school-year reflections. Students young and old will fondly recall their own school "daze" in My Teacher Dances on the Desk.Eugene Gagliano is known as "the teacher who dances on his desk." The recipient of the IRA's 2004 Wyoming State Literacy Award, Gene travels to schools and conferences with presentations as entertaining as they are informative. Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. Her black-and-white work is usually done in India ink with a dip pen. Tatjana lives in South Carolina.
A series of lighthearted limericks about the grim reaper and other somber characters.
"Everyone poops - yes, it's true. From aardvarks to the humped zebu." Indeed. And aren't we all at least a little bit curious about this subject matter? Told in rhyme, smart and sublime, here's a fun and fact-filled field guide to poop around the world and very close to home. Kids will discover surprising uses, words, forms, and facts about something in which they have a natural interest. Who knew that a wombat produces cubes? Or poop's many uses for housing, cooking, and fun at county fairs? While it may dismay and stink, there's more to this stuff than you might think!
Sung to the tune "The Muffin Man", this rhyming title will have students giggling as they learn the tale of Johnny Appleseed.
Highly acclaimed, award winning author Donald Davis wants us all to remember and share our family stories. Among other tall tales, he writes about how his uncle hung onto the multitudinous Democratic votes of the Ratherton clan while at the very same time keeping them from shooting Davis' squirrels in a lean year; how he got Phyleete, wife Jolly, their eleven sub-natural sons and one forgettably natural daughter to move their log house from the unlikely place they'd built it; and how he tried to solve the problem of the chatty Misses Lena and Lucy Leatherwood, who clogged up the eight-party telephone line so badly that Uncle Frank paid for his new phone four months before he ever got the chance to talk on it. Davis offers seventeen vintage family stories, including Rainy Weather, The Southern Bells, and Old Man Hawkins' Lucky Day.
It's the Night of the Radishes and Don Pedro wants to carve the best radish sculpture in town. But one radish won't cooperate. It bounces away, looking for action! So begins a raucous romp as everyone in town gets involved in the chasing of the radish. Written in a style reminiscent of "The Gingerbread Man," one antic builds on another until finally the rascally radish is subdued. The Night of the Radishes is an annual festival held on the evening of December 23rd in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Amy Buswell and Bruce Lansky's Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons turn struggling readers into happy readers. Many struggling readers are embarrassed to read aloud. They are often intimidated or bored by texts that conventional programs require them to practice. So, instead of catching up, they fall further behind. Currently 67% of American fourth graders cant read grade-level text. Reading specialist Amy Buswell has spent eight years looking for remediation methods that work. What is needed, Buswell explains, is a program that improves the motivation of struggling readers, because that accounts for 90% of the problem. Four years ago, Buswell came up with a brainstorm. She knew her best readers enjoyed reading Bruce Lanskys poetry books for pleasure. The more poems they read, the better the reading got. Why not use Lanskys kid-tested poems as texts struggling readers could practice on to improve their readingusing six research-based strategies: choral reading, echo reading, paired reading, repeated reading, sustained silent reading and say it like the character reading. This book is the result of that brainstorm and the resulting collaboration between Buswell and Lansky. It gives teachers and parents everything they need to help children improve their reading: -35 kid-tested poems by Bruce Lansky -35 customized reading lessons by Amy Buswell -35 off-the-wall illustrations by Stephen Carpenter -35 sets of zany performance tips by Bruce Lansky all of which is designed to make the process of reading improvement more like fun than work. What Amy Buswell and Bruce Lansky have created is the most entertaining fluency intervention ever. Thats why it is so successful at overcoming negative attitudes to improve reading skills and scores. Ninety-five percent of participating students made significant improvement in their fluency (reading rate). And average reading scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for Buswells school raised her schools rating to an A for the first time. In 2011, Buswells school achieved one of the highest-percentage reading gains in the county. Theres no reason parents cant get in on the fun, too. Parents will enjoy Lanskys funny poems and Stephen Carpenters delightful illustrations as much as their children. By reading the poems with their children and encouraging their children to try some of Lanskys entertaining performance tips (by adding gestures, sound effects, props and finding additional readers: be they friends, family or neighbors), they can dramatically speed up their childs reading progress (and have lots of fun in the process.)